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Trip Report Rhine and Mosel Valley Photos and mini trip report

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This past July we spent about a week in the middle Rhine and Mosel Valleys. It was kind of an "add-on" to our major trip, which was two weeks in Greece. It all started when I found a good price on flights from JFK to Dusseldorf, where I could then continue on to Santorini and Athens. Since I wanted a cushion around the flights I decided to add a couple days at each end in Germany. And then research showed me how much there was to see in the area so we stole a few days from Greece and added a few more and ended up with a week. It was great.

So we did two nights in Dusseldorf, and did day trips to Koln and Aachen. Then after Greece we spent six nights in Boppard and did day trips all up and down the middle Rhine Valley and to Trier and Cochen on the Mosel.

My photos are at: http://www.pbase.com/annforcier/germany_-_rhine__mosel_valleys

In Dusseldorf we stayed at the Ibis Hotel- 59€, (breakfast available for 10€ per person) Location – there’s a door inside the train station, so couldn’t be more convenient to go to and from the airport or take trains (which you’ll want to do as there isn’t much for the tourist in Dusseldorf). As with all Ibis’s it’s clean, spacious enough and has everything you need – AC, TV, hairdryer. Internet on a desktop in the lobby is free, they charge for wi-fi in the rooms. Only drawback is that it’s at least a half hour walk to the river-front/old town. But there’s plenty of fast food in the train station.

In Bopparad we stayed at the Hotel Weinhauspatt 55€ Steinstrasse 30 www.hotelweinhauspatt.de/jfdurcan@aol.com, What a find. This is a wonderful little hotel in the center of Boppard, run by great guy from England. It’s in an historic building on a picturesque little square with half timbered houses and fountain, less than a ten minute walk from the train station and riverfront. The room we had (#15) was very spacious with sofa, four poster bed, plenty of space, nice furniture. Fabulous breakfast was included. Free wi-fi. The hotel is run by John Durcan who also runs a small pub downstairs. We felt Boppard was the perfect place to stay for day trips up and down the Rhine and Mosel and this hotel made our stay even more enjoyable.

I'll post some of our observations and what we did as soon as I get more time.

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